PTCL to overhaul last mile infrastructure

17 Oct 2017

Fixed line incumbent Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is planning a PKR27 billion (USD254 million) upgrade of its fixed broadband infrastructure over the next 30 months, covering principally the operator’s last mile access network. Pro Pakistani quotes PTCL CEO Dr Daniel Ritz as saying that company will reduce the length of loops and replace old copper elements with fibre or high capacity copper: ‘We are upgrading our network with future-proof technology and replacing the underground cable with fibre and rehabilitating or laying new copper network as and where required.’ Post-upgrade, fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) multi-service access gateways (MSAGs) are expected to have been deployed within between 1km and 1.5km of all premises. In areas of high-demand, however, PTCL will deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) instead of FTTC. At present, the company’s infrastructure is almost entirely copper-based and the average loop length is between 3km and 4km. After the infrastructure overhaul, PTCL will be able to offer consumers peak download speeds of 50Mbps-100Mbps over FTTH and 8Mbps-20Mbps over the upgraded DSL lines. Capitalising on the overhaul, the operator will launch a new series of triple-play bundles combining broadband, pay-TV and fixed line telephony.